'Leaked recordings show Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has privately raised doubts about whether the White House’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan has a real chance of succeeding.
Speaking to a closed-door gathering of US Jewish leaders, Mr Pompeo said the long-awaited peace initiative may be “unexecutable” and that he understood why it was widely seen as biased in Israel’s favour.
“It may be rejected,” Mr Pompeo said, according to the Washington Post. “I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love.”
Mr Pompeo’s private comments appear to reflect a growing frustration within the Trump administration at how the peace initiative has been handled by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law. A key irritation is that it has taken more than two years to formulate.
“This has taken us longer to roll out our plan than I had originally thought it might — to put it lightly,” Mr Pompeo said. Other US officials have made similar complaints in recent weeks.
Mr Kushner defended his plan in an interview with the Axios website but sparked controversy by questioning whether the Palestinians were capable of governing themselves and suggesting it didn’t matter if the Palestinians trusted him.
Asked whether the Palestinians were capable of governing themselves without Israeli interference, Mr Kushner said: “That’s a very good question. That’s one that we’ll have to see. The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing.”
He also said “I’m not here to be trusted” when asked why the Palestinian leadership should trust him and other senior members of the peace team, who have longstanding links to the Israeli settlement movement.'
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